Social networking is not the deciding factor when looking at new smartphones anymore. In the past, one of the top names in smartphones was BlackBerry. These devices were well liked for the features they provided, the social connection with BlackBerry messenger, the Facebook integration and their email system. However, in recent years due to stiff competition from Apple and Android, BlackBerry ownership has declined. While some consumers look for a phone that can work well for gaming and social reasons, BlackBerry devices aren't typically the choice of gamers. Traditionally, BlackBerry has had a dedicated keyboard on the face of the phone. As a result, this limited the size of the display screen. From a gamers' perspective, this was a disadvantage as it made it much more difficult to see what they were doing.
In an attempt to compete with these other mobile phones, BlackBerry has made some changes to its classic design, allowing access to some of the best casinos online at CasinoOnline.co.nz. It now does offer a touchscreen model with a larger display, if one is a BlackBerry fan and wishes to participate in gaming, these models would provide the most advantages. For instance, when playing games such as slots, BlackBerry touchscreen owners find it much easier to select the appropriate functions for these quick games. The BlackBerry phones without touchscreens simply aren't good gaming phones.
For those fans of baseball, there is a baseball themed slot machine that operates quite well on the BlackBerry touchscreen. Known as Hot Shot, this slot machine is a five reel and 9 payline slot. The symbols on the reels come right from the sport of baseball with player positions like the batter and pitcher. A baseball cap is another symbol players can find on the reels. Compared to other slots, this one is rather competitive given the baseball theme. It also has features, such as the wild ball, which can help improve one's chances of winning. Playing the Hot Shot slot machine permits players to experience the excitement of baseball at anytime of the year, even during the baseball offseason.
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Google has confirmed that it is backing the new social network, Against Violent Extremism (AVE), for two years through its Google Ideas platform. The new social network aims to combat extremism and gang culture in the world by linking former terrorists and their victims.
The new social network will link former terrorists to victims of such acts such as Jo Berry, the daughter of Tory MP Anthony Berry who died due to an IRA bombing at a Brighton hotel in 1984. The network has been launched by a consortium which includes Google Ideas and the Institute of Strategic Dialogue. Chief executive for the Institute of Strategic Dialogue, Sasha Havlicek, stated that this social network will create a global movement against the act of extremism. The network will also deal with the issues due to criminal gangs. The social network was setup by Google Ideas after the Summit Against Violent Extremism in Dublin in 2011. The organization expects to attract 1,000 members in the next two years.
Director of anti-Nazi group Exit Sweden, Robert Orell, stated that it was important to network with people throughout the world. He also added that extremist groups treated a person close to the government as an enemy which was not the case for larger corporations. While Google has come into the limelight previously for hosting videos featuring extremism on its video sharing site Youtube. This was followed by a cleanup operation in which 135 objectionable videos were taken down.
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A recent study released by researchers at Cornell University has indicated that people are less likely to lie about big things on the resumes that they post on the professional network LinkedIn as compared with traditional resumes. The study reveals that websites such as LinkedIn can lead to greater honesty when it comes to resume claims such as experience and responsibilities primarily due to the fact that these claims are more easily verified in a public, online setting, so liars are more likely to get caught.
Though people still found ways to make themselves look better on their LinkedIn profiles by exaggerating personal interests and hobbies, which are not that easily verifiable. Overall, lies were common no matter what resume format people used, whether on LinkedIn or otherwise. On average, the study's participants lied nearly three times in their profile. Approximately 92 percent of the respondents lied at least once and the highest number of lies they told was eight.
The study was published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking. Its respondents included about 119 college students aged between 18 and 22. Each respondent was randomly assigned to create a traditional resume, a private LinkedIn resume or a public one.